In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.
Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space are talking about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.
In the sixth part of a regular feature, Cisco is talking about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Srinivas Nadesan, Director for Partners and Alliances, Cisco Singapore.
The Cisco Unified Data Center helps organisations address the unique challenges and opportunities that Big Data presents. These range of solutions aim to unifying compute, storage, networking, virtualisation, and management into a single platform. Cisco, besides helping customers build business and technology architecture, provides the collaboration tools to allow businesses to execute on Big Data opportunities.
The challenge that more organisations need to address is driving down costs to manage this data deluge, while deriving value from the growing amount of data. As such, vendors will be looking to provide solutions that help cut costs and help businesses derive value from the data.
Given the nature of Big Data, some of the features that clients are asking for include scalability to cope with the surges and ebbs of data, intelligence to scale services delivery capability automatically and a high level of computing performance despite the pressure Big Data puts on existing IT systems.
The convergence of architecture and resources, coupled with centralised management, will mean that customer data centres will consist of fewer components to configure, manage, and maintain. This increases speed and reduces the cost of scaling. As a result, organisations will have the ability to have more agility, flexibility, and become more cost effective.
For example, a service provider may have a wide portfolio of cloud offerings to clients that are spread over multiple servers and storage infrastructure, which leads a complex IT environment that's extremely complex to manage.
With Cisco's unified solutions, these disparate systems and architecture can be brought together into a single entity to allow for infrastructure scalability, operational continuity and flexibility, which ultimately will help organisations deal with the deluge of Big Data.
Cyber security today concerns businesses both in protecting their core intellectual property at the data centre as well as ensuring measures against data leakage through the employees' various devices with the rise of BYOD and mobility. In September, we introduced a set of security solutions designed to fortify data centres against the threats they face in moving towards more consolidated and virtual environments.
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